Christmas Horror Movies

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Scrooge (1970)
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A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (113 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ This film contains some rather frightening sequences. For instance during the 'See the Phantoms' song - a brief, dark song sung by Marley as he and Scrooge fly through the dark sky, surrounded by phantoms.

But most of all because of the extended graveyard scene. In a nightmarish sequence, the ghost of 'Christmas Yet to Come' shows its face (the face of Death) to Scrooge who falls backwards, screaming, through his own open grave, through a seemingly bottomless shaft, and into the very bowels of Hell. He wakes up in a coffin-shaped crater and meets Marley, who tells him of his appointment as Lucifer's personal clerk and shows him to his icy, rat-infested office. The frightened Scrooge's massive chain then arrives on the backs of several burly, hooded "demons" who wrap it around him, fairly immobilizing him, amid his futile cries to Marley for help. (This scene is often edited or removed.) ” - emertens
Black Christmas (1974)
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ I didn't want my list to start with the most obvious choice. That's of course "Black Christmas". This whole movie really breathes "Blackness" and Christmas in all kinds of ways. The colour schemes, the music, the story. It gets better with every viewing. ” - emertens
Saint (2010)
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A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5. (85 mins.)
Director: Dick Maas
“ To anyone outside the Netherlands this movie may seem to be a Christmas horror movie. Actually it isn't. The origins of Santa Claus (Santa) are found in the Dutch Sinterklaas (Sint). That's correct. But the birthday of Sinterklaas is traditionally celebrated on the 5th of December. Almost all Dutch people celebrate Sinterklaas as well as Christmas, the later with a Santa Claus similar to the one in the US - although here he's called "de kerstman" (the Christmas Man).

However, since it's on all the other Christmas horror lists, and I absolutely love the movie, I've decided to add it anyway. Since its release I've watched it every 5th of December. ” - emertens
Gremlins (1984)
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A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
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A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region. (81 mins.)
aka Silent Night, Bloody Night.

A terrific Christmas horror movie. After leaving the drive-in circuit in the early 70's the film fell into public domain and it remained obscure until the mid 80's. The copy I've seen is available on It's heavily damaged, with a lots of scratches and dust. The aspect ratio is cropped and the colors are faded. The sound definitely has lost its clarity. Sometimes - when it is within limits - some of these "symptoms of old age" add to the nostalgic atmosphere. But in this case the quality of the copy is just too bad. It makes the movie look shoddy and cheap and it doesn't deserve that.

It's an interesting slasheresq horror movie with a lot of atmosphere. Very nice cinematography and some of the music definitely must have influenced John Carpenter's Halloween.
Besides that, the festive season scenery is tastefully present. And some Christmas carols are cleverly intertwining with the score.

Very good. ” - emertens
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
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After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior. (79 mins.)
Last Stop on the Night Train (1975)
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A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy. (94 mins.)
Director: Aldo Lado
“ This really is a very good film. It contains some of the most beautiful colour imagery i've ever seen in pictures. The music of Morricone (I'm NOT talking about the opening song) is almost superb at some places.
I't is a real Christmas Horror movie and there's a lot of black comedy. It's a very cynical movie.

Most reviewers compare it to "Last House of the Left" and call it a ripp-off. I don't care for that. I'm not a fan of Craven at all. In some ways Last House is a ripp-off of "The Sadist" ( Who cares... One can call every vampire movie a ripp-off of Nosferatu (1922). No one would be able to make films at all. ” - emertens
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
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A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist. (91 mins.)
“ A Good Christmas Horror film. Very underrated.
Loaded with well-known names.
A James H. Nicholson & Samuel Z. Arkoff production
Jimmy Sangster (a lot of Hammer movies) co-wrote the screenplay.
Cast: Shelly Winters, Ralph Richardson, Lionel Jeffries, Hugh Griffith.

The story leaves you wondering who's going to be the real 'bad one'. Winters is the main antagonist. And of course she has some serious mental problems. But is she really evil? She herself is a victim of her butler and a fake psychic. And the children she has to deal with, are very sly and cold-blooded. ” - emertens
The Children (2008)
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A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents. (84 mins.)
Director: Tom Shankland
Sole Survivor (1983)
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A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her. (85 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
The Path (2012)
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The chess player Raúl invites his estranged wife Ana and his son Nico to travel with him during Christmas...
“ Very good, atmospheric Christmas horror movie, with some true chilling moments. I think it's excellently paced - but I'm quite sure the junkfood majority will find it slow. In style it contains a bit too much modern day tropes, although on several occasions it transcends to an inspired well-executed higher level. There's actually a climatic moment with some really good original music, something that imo is very rare in today's movies.
There's not much talk, nor is everything that happens explained. Something I consider very positive.
The twist at the end is a bit predictable. But I don't watch a movie only to be amazed by it's conclusion.

7.5-8.5/10 ” - emertens
Christmas Evil (1980)
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A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree. (100 mins.)
Director: Lewis Jackson
“ Also known as: "Christmas Evil" ” - emertens
I, Madman (1989)
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A bookshop clerk finds that an insane and murderous doctor from one of the store's horror novels has come to life. (89 mins.)
Director: Tibor Takacs
“ So I watched this recently (dec 2012), but I think I must have missed a lot (I dozed off a few times). So my remembrance is a bit of a confusing mess. I'm afraid I have to rewatch it...
But from what I can recollect, here's my opinion...

This type of horror, like for instance Cronenberg's Naked Lunch, is a bit too illogical to my taste. I don't mind the amount of fantasy, but I like to know what's going on. Even movies like Images, Messiah of Evil or Let's Scare Jessica to Death seem to be more clearer, while they have a good reason to be vague.
But that said, it's a potentially decent movie, crafted well enough, with a some nice scary moments as well as some likable stop-motion special effects.

A lot of scenes show some Christmas decoration in the background. I cannot recall if it was ever a topic of conversation, or other way part of the plot. But it's undeniably present.

Edit: Re-watched it December 2014. My opinion on this movie has completely changed. Sure, it contains a number of supernatural elements, and - as in a lot of of horror movies - it pretty much defies logic, but nonetheless it wasn't at all confusing. Maybe I was just too tired when I watched it 2 years ago.
Fun movie to watch around Christmas. 7.5/10
. ” - emertens
The Day of the Beast (1995)
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A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world. (103 mins.)
“ December 2016 - I dropped my rating from 9/10 to 7/10.
I have no idea why I liked it that much the first time I had seen it.

It's a black comedy - but it seems to aim its arrows at metalheads who value anything "political incorrect" as a big hoot by default.
i thought the movie missed substance, as well as some really good cynicism. ” - emertens
Black Rainbow (1989)
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Martha Travis is a medium who makes contact with spirits "on the other side" and connects them with their loved ones still alive... (103 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
Dead End (2003)
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Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (85 mins.)
“ A rather decent horror movie in my opinion. But not much of it reminds of Christmas, although it all takes place on Christmas Eve. ” - emertens
Home for the Holidays (1972 TV Movie)
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An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him. (73 mins.)
The League of Gentlemen (1999 TV Series)
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Alone in the chapel of hope on Christmas Eve Reverend Bernice hates Christmas,since her mother was carried... (60 mins.)
“ This Christmas special, which can be easily watched on its own, is a very funny, extremely well-made horrific anthology in three parts.

The Rev Bernice Woodall, Royston Vasey's vicar, is in a typically un-festive mood, haunted by a terrible Christmas memory, when three visitors appear at her church, each with their own chilling tale to recall.
The first concerns troubled married couple Charlie and Stella becoming unwittingly involved in voodoo and witchcraft.
The second (and the best in my opinion) features the German exchange teacher Herr Lipp in a Nosferatu skit that reveals the terrible truth about what really goes on in Duisburg
The third tells of the horrible hereditary curse that afflicted Dr Chinnery's great-grandfather.

After consoling her parishioners, Bernice finds herself buoyed with Christmas spirit. But it doesn't last for long. She receives a fourth visitor in the form of carnival ringmaster Papa Lazarou, the most terrifying Santa Claus you could imagine.

This one-off special distils all the League's penchant for disturbing, twisted characterisation and macabre humour into a single hour; the result is one of the most daring "comedies" ever seen on British TV. ” - emertens
Inside No. 9 (2014 TV Series)
Episode: The Devil of Christmas (2016)
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A director talks about his old horror film. It's Austria, Krampusnacht, December 1977. The Devonshires arrive at the alpine chalet for a holiday. The caretaker, Klaus, tells them about a local legend of Krampus, the Devil of Christmas. (30 mins.)
Director: David Kerr
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)
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A crime novelist, whose research on Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, must confront his worst fears, when a film executive takes a sudden interest in his movie script. (100 mins.)
“ Fun movie - & it plays around Christmas time. Besides a group of Christmas carol singing kids - there's a smal amount of Christmas decoration (f.i a green Father Christmas figure in the launderette's window, if I remember well).
The movie starts better then it ends imo. The "real" serial killer only kills the wonderfully chaotic story line Pegg's paranoid character has created - and even worse: adds some very annoying feel good sentiment to it all. ” - emertens
Stalled (2013)
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A janitor gets trapped in a women's restroom and encounters an all-out attack by a horde of zombies. (84 mins.)
Director: Christian James
The Brain (1988)
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With the help of an alien organism, a man brainwashes audiences through television; a troubled high school student is determined to stop them. (94 mins.)
Director: Edward Hunt
“ 6-8.5/10
Fun, fast paced and very 1980s. The alien brain, somehow reminiscent to the one from planet Arous (and as least as unconvincing), is shown right from the start as well as lots of times during the movie. I thought it only added to the fun.
The cinematography is pretty good, with nice color compositions.
The story takes clearly place during Christmas time. In losts of scenes Christmas decorations are shown. And indirectly also Christmas tunes are to be heard (car radio f.i.) Several outdoor scenes show snowy surroundings. Other scenes that don't are still fine, convincing, atmospheric depictions of the last month of year.
One of the last shots at the happy ending (it's the 80s!) of the movie shows a Christmas tree being put next to the garbage outside, waiting to be collected, somehow symbolizing all supernatural nonsense have been finished for the moment.

Oh, and I thought Tom Bresnahan was a pretty hot dude. During the 1980s they often chose more sympathetic male heroes for horror movies, than they do now, imo. ” - emertens
A Christmas Carol (2000 TV Movie)
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In this modern day adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel, a mean loan shark is the subject of a haunting, attempting to make him see the error of his ways. (75 mins.)
P2 (2007)
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A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve. (98 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
“ Nice, scary Christmas horror movie. ” - emertens
A Cadaver Christmas (2011)
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United by terrifying and bizarre circumstances, the janitor, the drunk, the bartender, the cop, his perp... (85 mins.)
Director: Joe Zerull
“ A low-budget Grindhouse Christmas Zombie Horror Comedy.
The acting sucks, the sound sucks, the score sucks even more.
But the camera work wasn't that bad. And the story - as well as some of the comedy bits- seemed to work (The best joke was the running gag about dialing 911. Campus security had a totally absurd prank prevention solution - dialing 911 resulted in a connection with a telephone operator (a security guard) who would check the urgency of the call first, before reconnecting..)
Actually I thought it was quite entertaining.
I will sure I'll watch it again - SOME day. ” - emertens
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life. (93 mins.)
“ The story takes place on New Years Eve. Christmas trees can be seen several times. At the end it's all a bit too religious for my taste. But it's very suitable for Christmas time, rather moving and with a few nice spooky scenes. ” - emertens
Alien Raiders (2008)
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It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake... (85 mins.)
Director: Ben Rock
“ Practically the whole "Alien Raiders" movie takes place in a supermarket. It must be set during the festive season because the place is heavily decorated all around. There's even a huge Santa Clause figure - very prominently visible in a lot of shots - outside next to the entrance of the store. Furthermore there are also Christmas tunes that are played inside the place. At the beginning of the movie some of these tunes are even heard as part of the score in a rather creepy way.
During the movie the atmosphere changes. At some point the electricity is cut down, so the lights go out and the shop music stops.

I like the basic premise of the plot. A group of shop personnel is kept hostage by some people who are trying to find a person infected by an alien. They know there is one, but they don't know what he/she looks like. The second halve of the movie was a bit of a let-down. And I find most of the characters and their behavior rather irritating.
But in to-to it is rather enjoyable. ” - emertens
To All a Goodnight (1980)
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A group of teenagers at a party find themselves being stalked by a maniacal killer in a Santa Claus costume. (87 mins.)
Director: David Hess
Lucky Stiff (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Rotund Ron Douglas has no luck with women until he meets Cynthia Mitchell, who invites him home for Christmas dinner... (82 mins.)
Director: Anthony Perkins
“ A Christmas Horror Comedy directed by Anthony Perkins.
A fat guy stumbles upon a good looking woman, who for some reason instantly wants to marry him, whereupon she introduces him to her weird, inbreed -cannibalistic- family. Yes - he is going to be the main course for Christmas dinner.
Although several aspects were pretty mediocre, overall I thought it was a rather entertaining movie. Very suitable to watch on (or around) Christmas. ” - emertens
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
“ A rather nasty, gruesome horror movie, if I remember well... Have to re watch it. ” - emertens
ATM (2012)
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On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man. (90 mins.)
Director: David Brooks
“ A nice Christmas horror movie. On Christmas Eve a couple of adolescents are trapped in an ATM on a desolated parking lot. Outside - only just visible in the dark - an unknown psycho is waiting to kill them. ” - emertens
Wind Chill (2007)
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Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there. (91 mins.)
Director: Gregory Jacobs
“ The design of the film consists of many contemporary horror movie clichés. Everything is in lifeless dark blue. Just a cheap filter trick that doesn't work. Usually I hate that, but because it all takes place in a snowy landscape at night, it seemed a bit appropriate.
The scary scenes are accompanied by a monotonous low humming sound. Another cliché. And a rather ugly one. It doesn't make any sense at all unless the place is some kind of cellar or underground subway.

Don't expect to much in which case it is an enjoyable horror flick. ” - emertens
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)
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Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan. (88 mins.)
Director: Gregory Plotkin
“ This installment to the franchise plays during Christmas, which is very noticeable during most of the movie. I thought it was reasonably entertaining with a nice Christmas-y atmosphere.
If I'm not mistaken, the story is a follow-up to PA3 (which I actually rather liked, although I 'm not much a fan of the series) ” - emertens
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
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Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising 4 children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit. (134 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ If I remember well, the story of this film - or part of it - takes place during the beginning of December. Halfway through the movie the family gets a Christmas tree into their home.
However the movie never really gets into a good Christmas feeling / mood. ” - emertens
Maniac (1980)
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A psychopath, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in New York City, kills young women and takes their scalps as his trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in a photographer, and end his killing spree? (87 mins.)
Director: William Lustig
“ Hardy anyone notices, but this "classic" plays during/around Christmas. It's mentioned a few times in the dialogues. F.i.: the neighbor who asks Zito (Spinell) if the stuff he's carrying are Christmas shoppings; Zito visiting his mother's grave - something he always does when it's Christmas time, at least that's what he says.
Christmas trees and other decorations are seen several times, even in Zito's place (although strangely most of the trees aren't decorated...)
And then of course there's the very noteworthy scene with the music box playing "Silent Night, Holy Night"

Nonetheless on the whole it's a bit too scarce to call it a thoroughbred "Christmas horror movie"

Not really one of my favorites, not the worst either.
A strong 7/10 ” - emertens
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
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The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. (70 mins.)
Dead of Night (1972 TV Series)
Episode: The Exorcism (1972)
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Four friends gather for Christmas dinner at an old cottage. Suddenly, there's a power failure and the phone goes dead. Then their wine turns to blood and the turkey makes them violently ill. Then things really get strange! (50 mins.)
“ Edmund and his wife Rachel renovate a remote cottage in the country and invite their friends Dan and Margaret to have Christmas dinner there. Through the course of the next 45 minutes, they are brutally forced by supernatural means to confront the literal and figurative foundations of their privileged existence. ” - emertens
Films to Keep You Awake: The Christmas Tale (2005 TV Movie)
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In 1985, in a coastal town, the friends Koldo, Peti, Tito, Eugenio and Moni stumble with a woman dressed... (71 mins.)
Director: Paco Plaza
“ English Title: Films to keep you awake: A Christmas Tale

71 min

Good!! ” - emertens
Blast of Silence (1961)
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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way. (77 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
“ Outstandingly appropriate. Not a horror movie, but some sort of thriller/crime noir. Christmas was never so rough and bleak at the same time.

Highly recommended. ” - emertens
Santa's Slay (2005)
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Santa Claus is actually a demon who lost a bet with an Angel, so he becomes the giver of toys and happiness. But when the bet is off, he returns to his evil ways. (78 mins.)
Director: David Steiman
Kind Lady (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Mary Herries is a rich woman with a habit of contributing to those less fortunate than her. On her way... (76 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
“ I was very impressed by this movie from 1935. (The same year as James Whale made his "Bride".) 'Kind Lady' seemed to me as a very modern film for its time. It was very well made. The camera work, the lighting techniques, the black&white photography. And the score too was very good. Just a year before a lot movies didn't even had a score.

It's more a thriller then a horror film. Rather unsettling and tense (a bit like 'Pacific Heights'). Someone is brutally murdered, but of course you're not getting to see much of it.

The films starts on Christmas Eve and ends exactly a year later - again on Christmas Eve. Christmas music is nicely interwoven with the score. ” - emertens
Christmas Holiday (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the man she married is an incorrigible wastrel. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ No horror - but a rather black drama/crime/thriller.

Some reasons why I liked it:
- the odd choice of Durbin and Kelly for these type of dramatic roles.
- the odd choice of the Christmas setting
(because of these two choices a lot of people must have expected a totally different type of movie)
- while the 1940s brought more "evil husband" flicks such as Gaslight (1940), Gaslight (1944) and Suspicion (1941) none of them ended with the heroine still loving the guy
- The use of the song "Always". Deanna sings it beautifully - but in the context of the movie, it's a very creepy song.
- the twisted Hitchcockian mother/son relation between Gale Sondergaard and Kelly

I had first rated it a 10/10 - but after re-watching it in December 2016 I decided to tone it down to 8/10 ” - emertens
Lady in the Lake (1947)
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The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder. (105 mins.)
“ I'll add a review later.
Excellent movie - but more a noir thriller than horror. ” - emertens
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ The story takes place from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 December. The movie is very clear about that. So technically it isn't a Christmas horror film, however Christmas decorations are visible in downtown Phoenix in an early scene. It is therefore somewhat suitable for the Christmas season.

One of the best horror movies ever. ” - emertens
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
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Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
“ Although nothing in this movie reminds of Christmas, the story begins on December 17th and ends on December 24th, which is Christmas Eve. ” - emertens
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. (84 mins.)
Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them. (108 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ A horror movie about alive cut-off hair. When it attacks it comes with a Christmas tune (Silent Night if I'm not mistaken) and little slay bells.

Weird but entertaining flick. Good cinematography. ” - emertens
Blood Beat (1983 Video)
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A woman who lives in deer-hunting country in rural Wisconsin is possessed by the spirit of a Japanese samurai warrior. (85 mins.)
“ A family's Christmas reunion gets off to a bad start when the son brings home his girlfriend, leading to an awkward feeling of deja-vu between her and the boy's psychic mother. Weird things begin happening, the weirdest of which happens to be the presence of a glowing samurai warrior who's murderous tendencies appear to be linked to the girlfriend's orgasms. ” - emertens
The Devil-Doll (1936)
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An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
Krampus (2015)
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A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a festive demon to his family home. (98 mins.)
“ I've already watched this film thrice. Nonetheless I don't think it's very good. Too much dark shots, too much close-ups, too much camera movement. Rather mediocre direction & camera work.
Still a real Christmas horror film, with a rare - at least for this subgenre - budget of $15,000,000 ” - emertens
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ This is a highly praised movie, and it's obvious it took a lot of craftsmanship to make it. But I'm not a very big fan of it. The first problem to me is the music. I find the almost continuously parlando sung music rather dull. It's like an endless recitative. Only Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) was able to make something of it. He reminded me of Levi Stubbs who sang the role of Audrey II in Frank Oz's Little Shop Of Horrors. THAT's one of my favourite black-comedy musicals, although I'll never forgive them for changing the sensational ending of man-eating plants taking over the world. (You can find the original ending in black & white on youtube)
Secondly I found it a rather restless movie. The pacing just isn't right.
Although I can see it all took a look of work, the cinematography is just suitable, but never really outstanding.

An animation picture in the "black comedy" vain that I like very much is: "Mary and Max" (tt0978762) ” - emertens
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Krabat, a beggar boy, is lured to become an apprentice to an evil, one-eyed sorcerer. With a number of other boys... (73 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die. (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ Only the first (and best) part of this Amicus anthology is a real Christmas horror story. But the whole film is very enjoyable. It's very clear that Freddie Francis is a great cinematographer. ” - emertens
Dead of Night (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
“ Just one part of this anthology takes place on Christmas. Nevertheless a very good movie. ” - emertens
Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On... (83 mins.)
Director: Sean Cain
Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition. (86 mins.)
Director: Edmund Purdom
“ The only directing effort of actor Edmund Purdom who starred in about 92 movies. It's a very poor directing debut. It's even so obvious that it is impossible to spread the blame. When there's a scene with two people talking, while sitting on a couch, and you choose to film it all in one long shot (a minute or something) from a distance, then you can't blame the cameraman, the editor or the actors for the result.

Nevertheless, I'm with some of the imdb users who commented the movie favorable. Her are some quotes from these reviews:

"Now this is what I'm talking about! I love an unabashedly terrible slasher film that revels in its own sleaziness and stupidity. From the crappy synth score to the iffy performances, I was eating Don't Open 'Til Christmas up by the shovelful. I'm not even going to begin explaining the plot -- why should the plot even matter when drunk shopping mall Santa Clauses are getting their faces burned off, eyes slashed out, and penises castrated (YES!) all around you?!"

One of my all time favourite movies. Purely for it's one of a kindness. There will never be another film made like this. Though i can understand that it's not to everyones taste, but most films aren't to my taste. This film is inept, badly acted, poorly directed and a bit of a mess, but for my personal tastes, these things all work in it's favour. The DVD is cut and doesn't include the Santa that gets shot in the head. The sequences have also been rearranged for the DVD release.

The film is basically a bit of a turkey, but I couldn't help but find it often highly watchable and enjoyable. It's ludicrous, tasteless, sometimes nasty, often inane or insane, with a truly fetid feel to it that makes it almost the perfect corrective to Christmas cheer. One for exploitation fans and lovers of the grimier side of cinema mostly. ” - emertens
Jack Frost (1997 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed (89 mins.)
Director: Michael Cooney
“ Definitely not as bad as its sequel. Although not very good I though it was rather entertaining. ” - emertens
Lurking Fear (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left... (76 mins.)
“ An Overlooked Christmas Horror Movie. Didn't find it on any Christmas Horror List.

5/10 ” - emertens
Tales from the Crypt (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus outfit is on the loose. (25 mins.)
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Night of the Meek (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas. (51 mins.)
“ A nice episode, but it doesn't contain much horror... ” - emertens
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After being forced to retire, Professor Fowler contemplates suicide when he doesn't feel he has made a difference in the world. That night he has an experience that shows him that he is wrong. (51 mins.)
Tales from the Darkside (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Seasons of Belief (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, a father ends his two children's boredom by holding them spellbound with a scary story about a fearsome beast known as the Grither. (30 mins.)
Tales from the Darkside (1983 TV Series)
Episode: The Yattering and Jack (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Happy-go-lucky salesman Jack Polo receives a yuletide visit from the 3.5-foot-tall Yattering, a snarling horned demon that wants to claim Jack's soul. (30 mins.)
Tales of the Unexpected (1979 TV Series)
Episode: The Party (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
It is coming up to Christmas and Henry Knox, manager of Peckham's toy factory, is doubly incensed. First... (25 mins.)
Dragnet (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Friday and Smith search for a missing boy. The first sign that the case is serious is when blood is found... (30 mins.)
“ --> Contains some spoilers!!!!

You have to see this one, to believe it. It's a public domain video, and can be found on (where it is called "A Gun For Christmas")
I really wonder what audiences thought while watching this one. There aren't many (tv) movies from the fifties without a happy ending, where kids actually get killed and grown up men cry passionately.
I think it must have been very unsettling. (Horrific even - so it stays in my list. Furthermore the first part is rather suspenseful) ” - emertens
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional but wealthy family summons his adult children for a Christmas reunion, but prior to the holiday his throat is slashed apparently by one of them. (100 mins.)
“ A nice episode. A lot of effort was put into the Christmas scenery. Snow, Christmas decorations, songs. I thought it was rather suspenseful as well. ” - emertens
American Horror Story (2011 TV Series)
Episode: Unholy Night (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A murderous Santa wrecks havoc on the asylum. Sister Jude faces off with the Devil. Arden has a shocking encounter in the Death Chute. (60 mins.)
Night Gallery (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Mikey Goldman searches for the Messiah to comfort his dying grandfather Abe. / Removing paint from an antique mirror, shop owner Frank Standish sees an alien landscape that is used to rid himself of his unwanted partner. (50 mins.)
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be. (45 mins.)
Ghost Whisperer (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Holiday Spirit (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Melinda deals with a ghost who thinks he's Santa Claus, and his motives may not be pure. (60 mins.)
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Sam and Dean follow the trail of an Anti-Claus when victims are apparently pulled up the chimney never to be seen again... (44 mins.)
Big Wolf on Campus (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Tommy, Merton, and Lori must help Santa Claus defeat an evil impersonator out to ruin Christmas. (30 mins.)
“ Big Wolf on Campus is Canadian 'horror'/teen television series. There isn't much horror in this rather lame episode (the only ep. I've seen). But since "Santa Claus" (a very funny-because-it-so-bad children's movie from 1959) can be found in some horror/Christmas lists on the internet, I think I can put it here. ” - emertens
Babes in Toyland (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's boogeymen are set on Toyland. (77 mins.)
“ For kids this movie may still be very scary.

Tom-Tom, the Piper's Son has been accused of 'pignapping' Walt Disney's three little pigs and making sausages of them. So he's banished to Bogey Land, a prey to the cannibalistic inhabitants there.

Perhaps even more frightening :-) is the fact that Stan and Olie are hired to make christmas presents for Santa. The Christmas gifts will have been a bit disappointing that year, I guess. ” - emertens
Saloon Bar (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Against a background of Christmas and the pending arrival of another baby for the landlord, a group... (76 mins.)
Director: Walter Forde
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Martians replace a scientist and his family to pave way for their invasion. (70 mins.)
Director: Maury Dexter
“ One of Joe Dante's favourite Christmas Horror movies. It actually takes place short after new year's day, but 'little Johnny' won't let his parents take down the Christmas Tree. Unlike "Mystery of Wax Museum" (see above on my list ) the story almost plays entirely in daytime, with al lot of sun and no hint of winter at all. But all right - there's a tree and the unwrapping of Christmas presents.

It's a nice picture, which deserves a slightly better IMDB rating than it has at the moment. Everyone immediately compares it with "The Invasion of the Body Snatcher", easily ignoring predecessors like 'Invaders from Mars', 'It Came From Outer Space' and so forth.
And that only concerns the doppelgänger plot. The atmosphere and suspense actually bare more resemblance with a Tourneur/Lewton film. (But of course not as nicely done as they would have).
However, as stated, I thought it was an entertaining movie. ” - emertens
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. (77 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ This film starts more or less on New Year's Eve. But the Christmas 'spirit' is still sensible (Christmas tree in a police station etc). Furthermore the whole movie is reddish greenish, because it's a two-strip technicolor film, so that's very suitable for Christmas. ” - emertens
Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Horror legend Christopher Lee hosts and narrates a series of four half hour ghost stories all based on stories by M.R... (30 mins.)
Director: Eleanor Yule
The Stalls of Barchester (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'. (45 mins.)
Lost Hearts (1973 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts. (35 mins.)
“ This TV Movie is part of a strand of annual British short television films called A Ghost Story for Christmas. Not all off them really take place during Christmas (for instance: A Warning to the Curious has nothing to do with it).
I haven't seen this one yet. ” - emertens
The Signalman (1976 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger. (37 mins.)
A Christmas Carol (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
Scrooge (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Scrooge, the ultimate Victorian miser, hasn't a good word for Christmas, though his impoverished clerk... (78 mins.)
Director: Henry Edwards
A Christmas Carol (1910 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Based on the story by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his harsh, miserly ways, until he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and then by three other spirits. (11 mins.)
Old Scrooge (1913 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley... (40 mins.)
Director: Leedham Bantock
Christmas Eve (1913 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on Gogol's story: It's Christmas Eve, and everyone in the village has plans. The devil and the... (41 mins.)
Treevenge (2008 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Christmas trees ripped out of their forest plan revenge against people enjoying the holidays. (16 mins.)
Director: Jason Eisener
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened. (189 mins.)
Director: Vadim Jean
“ It started just fine and I was looking forward to see this one, but as the minutes passed by, it became a very exhausting experience.
It ended with some very pretentious moralistic 'hog wash' about the importance of imagination, and the the need to believe it all.
In other words, if you didn't enjoy the picture you just saw, you probably have some serious problems with fantasy.
To me the movie was loaded with all kinds of stereotypes, often used in so-called fantasy movies. I don't mind that. But please leave out the patronizing morals.

The main problem was that the film lacked a structure and a shaping/design that could hold the attention.

And just a detail: The forward sloping skull of 'Death' (without the jaw moving ever) was very miserable made. ” - emertens
Elves (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil Nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves... (89 mins.)
Director: Jeff Mandel
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Four college students are stalked by an unknown assailant while staying on campus over the Christmas holidays to help clear out a dormitory which is to be demolished. (88 mins.)
While She Was Out (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Della Myers is an overwhelmed upper-middle-class housewife who lives in a large house in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband... (86 mins.)
Director: Susan Montford
Not seen it yet... ” - emertens
Fall Down Dead (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
In a big American city, the serial killer The Picasso Killer is terrorizing the dwellers and the police department does not have lead to find him... (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Keeyes
“ It's Christmas eve. A woman just eye-witnessed the Picasso Killer's last crime and is now being hunted by him (Udo Kier). She tries to find shelter in a rather desolated office building. Although the watchman (Carradine) is rather reluctant to help her.

This is not a very good movie. And it looks a lot cheaper as its budget presumes. The story is build out of well-know clichés. That shouldn't always be a problem, but in this case nothing really happens that provokes interest. It barely is able to hold your attention. There are too many circumstantial coincidences, to support the credibility of the drama. And every opportunity to create some suspension is wasted.
The performances of Kier and Caradine are the only positive element of this movie. Not that they're outstanding. But they provide some amusement.

The fact that it all plays on Christmas eve, isn't used very well either.
Better watch P2 (see above) of which it shares a couple of similarities. ” - emertens
Game Over (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Thomas, a very intelligent and resourceful child, is left alone with his beloved and fragile granddad on Christmas Eve... (87 mins.)
Director: René Manzor
“ Seen ” - emertens
Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
In this interstitial comedy/horror film, Caesar Denovio (Dave Campfield) and his half brother Otto... (83 mins.)
Director: Dave Campfield
“ not seen it yet ” - emertens
Whisper (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Sinister things begin happening to kidnappers who are holding a young boy for ransom in a remote cabin. (94 mins.)
Director: Stewart Hendler
Not seen it yet... ” - emertens
The Hand (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident... (104 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Not seen it yet.. ” - emertens
Faceless (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When model Barbara Hallen disappears in France, her father's private detective traces her steps to a private plastic surgery clinic run by Dr.Flamand. (98 mins.)
Director: Jess Franco
Not seen it yet... ” - emertens
A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host: A family brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes, Santa slays evil. (99 mins.)
The City of Lost Children (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
Not seen it yet... ” - emertens
The Pact (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. (89 mins.)
“ Quote from

Set in California, there are no snowy landscapes or ice skating. Christmas is at the edges of this film, mentioned and seen but never felt. With the family revelations that lie within it makes sense. The holidays are hard for a lot of people. When you come from a broken family sometimes there’s nothing more alienating than being told Merry Christmas.
 ” - emertens